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Speech to Text Feature Patent Filed by Apple in 2008

Why a Texting While Driving Ban Is Good For Tech Progress

In California, if you're caught chatting on the phone while driving, you're slapped with a $25 fine. Personally, I think that texting while driving is a much more dangerous offense — you may need to use both hands and are forced to take your eyes off the road.

Although the idea of a texting while driving ban has been discussed, there's no official law just yet. As big a fan as I am of texting in general, I think that this type of law is not only good for saving lives, but it's great for progress.

Take for example the image that you see here — it's from a 2008 patent submission from Apple for a speech-to-text feature on the iPhone that I came across yesterday. We already enjoy voice dialing features on the iPhone, and Google Voice uses a similar feature where it dictates your voicemails then emails them to you. So we can't be far from the speech-to-text technology. I'm super excited to see when Apple (or any other cell company that may beat it to the punch) finally releases this program into the wild. Would speech-to-text features come in handy for you?

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